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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 05.01.2013, evening, Kyustendil)

(continues from the previous Friday)

“But those who fully worship the unmanifested, that which lies beyond the perception of senses, the all-pervading, inconceivable, unchanging, fixed and immovable – the impersonal conception of the Absolute Truth – by controlling the various senses and being equally disposed to everyone, such persons, engaged in the welfare of all, at last also achieve Me”.[1]

So, either this or that way, sooner or later we shall arrive back home, back to Godhead. What is the difference? The next verse will tell us the difference: For those whose minds are attached to the unmanifested, impersonal feature of the Supreme advancement is very troublesome. To make progress in that discipline is always difficult for those who are embodied.”[2]

Usually we want easy solutions – give me a quick and effective method of happiness. How to become rich in 30 days; or how to learn Swahili language in two sessions; or how to achieve divine perfection in a weekend training. These are very popular things; we always want a quick and effective method. Give me the real thing! The same happens in spiritual endeavors: some kind of spiritual endeavors are difficult, other types of activities are easier. Because if we try to imagine God as inconceivable, then we shall have some trouble. How can you imagine the unimaginable? It’s impossible, right. Therefore this type of theoretical approach is very complicated and very difficult.

“But those who worship Me, giving up all their activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, having fixed their mind upon Me, O son of Pritha, for them I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death.”[3]

Here something very important is mentioned – the ocean of birth and death. We are not born to die. If we have this chance to live on this planet Earth, there must be some higher and very divine goal of this existence. Although this universe is arranged in such a way that if something starts, it should end also. Anything material has a starting point and will have an ending point. But you are beyond this level. We all share some same spiritual qualities. If you examine your body, you will have material qualities – the construction, the material substance of your body, some functions, some biology there. But you feel you are something more than that. You are not simply these 60 kgs of material substance. You feel: “I’m something more!” It is this spiritual identification that we have to improve in ourselves, so that we escape this ocean of death and birth. Because one main problem in life is death. Usually most of the people are afraid of this topic, because we don’t like to think about it.

 

 

(to be continued)

[1] Bhagavad Gita 12.3-4

[2] Bhagavad Gita 12.5

[3] Bhagavad Gita 12.6-7



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